Ros Shepherd has sent us an update as she and the team at Miller’s Ark continue their Walk for War Horse this month through the beautiful Hampshire countryside. Ros says the animals on the farm all have their own personalities and Daisy Mae the Shire and miniature Shetland pony, Whisper are real characters and much loved by the staff and volunteers.
“I like to imagine what the animals are thinking and with Daisy Mae it’s not hard. Take this picture of her with Bettina (below). She’s really interested in these two very woolly sheep; they are Devon and Cornwall Longwools and are due to be sheared this week. I bet she’s hoping the sheep will Walk for War Horse with her. No matter how hard she tries to engage with them they just aren’t interested. In the end she decides to ignore them.”
Miller’s Ark, at Manor Farm, Hook, Hampshire, brings the sights, sounds and experiences of the farmyard and the magic of animals to the heart of shows, schools, residential homes, respite centres and hospices. It is based on the Earl of Malmesbury’s estate. The home farm specialises in breeding British rare breed farm animals, including miniature donkeys, Irish Moiled cattle, ten different rare sheep breeds, Kune Kune pigs from New Zealand as well as ducks, geese, turkeys and chickens. The centre was established in 1991 by Elizabeth Miller B.A. Cantab, as an offshoot of her main farming business and has expanded steadily ever since, along with Animal Touch, the charity central to Manor Farm.
There’s still time if you’d like to get involved in Walk for War Horse. Please email Margaret at email@example.com for more details.